January 10, 2014
If you’ve tuned in for the last segment I guess you’re here to find out what the #9 advantage to LED lights is. So without further delay, the #9 advantage to converting to LED lights for your common area breezeways is….little to no bugs. Now this may seem inconsequential to some but to those who maintain common area lighting and for those owners that have a pet peeve about bugs in light fixtures, this could be a dream come true.
Outside of plumbing, cleaning out the plastic fixture enclosures of breezeway lights is disgusting, nauseatingly disgusting. Bugs of all shapes, sizes and smells collect around the lights because of the warmth and die, leaving a pile of dead bugs in the bottom of a light fixture. While the experiment is still in its early stages, it began in September, the light fixtures with the LED bulbs are attracting very few bugs. This is due to the lack of ultraviolet light produced by LED bulbs-no heat means no bugs. Maintenance guys all over Florida have tried all manners to seal up these fixtures but to no avail. Those gnats that are less than a millimeter in size still find their way into the fixtures and die.
So there you have it. LED bulbs (so far) do not attract bugs and therefore you have eliminated a maintenance issue and possibly saving your association some money in the process.
LED LIGHT EXPERIMENT
2700 degree Kelvin LED bulbs
Insecticide applied one time around fixture (for lights changed in September, there are still little to no bugs)
January 8, 2014
Now that the holidays are beyond us and the New Year has begun, let’s finish talking about the breezeway lights. We’ve discussed the different temperatures and styles, advantages and disadvantages. Some of our readers would probably dispute the idea that different temperature lights will cast a different color. The picture at the right shows the breezeway lights between different floors. The light in the center is actually a 2700 degree K LED light. This is an ongoing experiment that I will divulge in the next installment so make sure you keep reading.
LED lights are the newest lights available for commercial/residential use. Here are some advantages of LED lighting over incandescent and fluorescent lighting:
- Energy Efficiency-LED bulbs have been shown to be up to 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
- Long Life-Some LED lights can lasts as long as 100,000 hours
- Able to withstand temperature extremes-As I write this, it is 3o degrees outside. In seven months it will be 100 degrees. That’s a pretty wide temperature swing.
- Zero UV emissions-why this matters I’m not real sure.
- Design Flexibility-If you have a specific or difficult lighting project, LED lights can be customized for different applications.
- Instant Lighting-No waiting for the fluorescents to warm up enough to cast enough light.
- Low Voltage-Because LED lights can be operated at low voltage, they’re ideal for landscape lighting.
- Environmentally Friendly-You probably didn’t know there were special procedures for the disposal of fluorescent bulbs. Why? Because fluorescent bulbs contain trace amounts of mercury.
The number 9 advantage will be in the next article so make sure you check back. But, if you have been unsatisfied with your lighting and the constant maintenance and replacement that’s been going on for the past years, you might want to start putting pencil to paper and plot out the conversion of your condominiums common area lights. When you see the experiment we’ve been doing, however unscientific it was, you’ll want to start moving forward.